Some Fun Fax about our wonderful State O’ Illinois:
***Fifty percent of all births in Illinois is on Medicaid
***One out of every three children in Illinois is on Medicaid
***One out of every five Illinoisians is on Medicaid
***In 2006, Illinois spent $7 billion on Medicaid
***This year Illinois is poised to spend $15 billion—nearly half of the $33.4 billion budget signed by Quinn
With all these dire statistics out there, our wonderful lawmakers finally fired up to “reform” Medicaid, FINALLY insisting on proof of residency and income level, but unfortuntely Obamacare happened:
“President Barack Obama’s health care reforms prohibit states from tightening eligibility requirements for Medicaid. States must live by the rules and regulations that existed in March 2010; Medicaid reforms were passed six months ago.”
So it’s back to the good ol’ anything goes Illinois way of Medicaid which Sen. Mark Kirk says will now cost the state $800 million over six years with Medicaid being the fastest growing part of the state’s budget.
At least one Republican lawmaker doesn’t think this is an accident or mistake:
“I don’t think this is something that just happened…The other side of the aisle wants to make sure that everyone can be on these programs.”
I’d love to see some reaction from area Democrats; are they really upset that entitlements are eating away at taxpayer money that could be used to benefit the state as a whole, or are they secretly happy for this Obamacare ruling?
If we continue on the unsustainable path, there will only be money for entitlements and the relentless demands of the public employee unions—the rest of us will be fighting for scraps.
Which would probably suit Democrats just fine.